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The Antheap The Antheap by Doris Lessing is a story of the struggles between two boys who are growing up in Africa and learn to deal with the racism in their lives I like Lessings use of words especially the way in which she describes the pit This is a great story that she tells and it is wonderful and exciting to be able to watch Tommy and Dirk grow up and about the path that their friendship travels Lessing teaches us of the importance of friendship and about its meaning The story is set in the African country Zimbabwe A rich white man Mr Macintosh runs a gold digging operation that consists of a pit being dug by hundreds of Africans who work in a horribly dangerous environment This pit grows ever deeper as gold and dirt are withdrawn at the cost of human suffering Mr Macintosh hires Mr Clarke to be his engineer The only white people living near the pit are Mr Macintosh Mr And Mrs Clark and their son Tommy Tommy grows up playing with the young black children When Tommy is seven his mother forbids him to play with them When he asks her why she doesnt answer him truthfully and he is lonely In his loneliness he makes clay figures of several of the children he is friends with including a boy named Dirk One day Dirk comes to Tommys house with a duiker to sell to Tommy for a shilling Tommy responds with damned cheek too much Ironically Tommys mother is embarrassed although it was her that was trying to teach Tommy to be racist The Duiker dies the next day and after it dies Tommy asks his parents why is Dirk yellow and dark brown like the kaffirs His parents tell him that he will understand when he grows older We see here that there is an atmosphere of silence on certain topics in their house
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